Even in the changing music landscape of 2020, with all its struggles and difficulties, there are bands who have it as a clear item on their agenda to keep the old-school rock’n’roll dream alive, and Kid Violet are one such band. It takes only a quick listen to any of their recent singles to realise that these London indie rockers have the soul of a classic live act, paired with a contemporary perspective that keeps them relevant while giving them a place in a very long tradition. With big plans for new materials to be released this year and a tour coming in 2021, Kid Violet have a strong contribution to make to the survival of rock music, and it’s going to be exciting.
Q. Tell us something about what inspires your creative process, and the mood you try to create with your music.
A. Our creative drive is inspired by the creativity itself, having this sound in your head and being able to create it together from nothing. That never gets old and keeps us coming back. The mood sort of creates itself with each song as we write it, but there’s definitely an ethereal atmosphere that emerges in each track.
Q. How would you describe your sound in one sentence?
A. An ethereal, powerful and melodic mix of indie and rock.
Q. With dates scheduled for 2021 and a new single recently released, you’ve got some interesting things coming. Can you tell us something about what working on your new record was like?
A. It was great, the band went through a lot of changes whilst we were working on it but we’re really happy with the result. It was a relief to finally release it as we believe it’s one of our best yet.
Q. Have you been working on something new recently, and what are your plans for the second half of the year?
A. It feels like we’re always working on something new, there’s always a few new tunes being written. As for the remainder of the year we have a few singles we’re ready to put out there, then we’re gonna head into the studio to record an EP before hopefully returning to the stage in some capacity.
Q. If you could choose your dream venue to play after reopening, what would it be?
A. The dream is always Glastonbury, but if we’re being realistic then we’ll settle for Wembley Stadium or The O2.
Q. What do you think about the music community’s response to the lockdown? Have you been taking part in any projects?
A. I think what we’ve seen from the community has been great, there’s much more of a sense of we’re all in this together and we have to support each other. We’ve taken part in a livestream for charity, which was very successful and we hope to have the same success with Felt Cute Fest. Other than that we’ve been using to time to write and create, as well as prepare what we have coming.
Q. The lockdown has been an occasion to reflect collectively on mental health, especially for those who drew strength and support from live music. Have these themes been part of your reflections and songwriting recently?
A. There’s always been an element of those themes in our songwriting, they’ve always been emotionally driven. We’ve definitely had more time to reflect about mental health during lockdown, and it’s reinforced how important live music can be for people to keep them going. This applies to us as well, it couldn’t come back soon enough.
Q. Your lyrics often speak to feelings and experiences that will resonate with many in your audience. Are you actively seeking this connection, and how does it translate to the experience of your live shows?
A. I don’t actively seek this connection, but I write about things that are real and that mean something, and if that resonates with people then fantastic. As for the live shows, because it’s about something from the heart and that means something to me, it’s real passion when I perform it and if that translates and resonates with people then that’s even better, but I wouldn’t say we write songs to seek that connection.
Q. What have grassroots venues meant for you in your personal experience? Can you tell us something about a grassroots music venue that is particularly dear to you, or that helped shape your love of music?
A. Grassroots venues are everything to us, without them we wouldn’t be able to do what we’re doing. Nambucca in London has a special place in our hearts, we played our biggest gig there and it was a special night. The Water Rats also deserves a shout out, we’ve had some great gigs there.
Q. What is, to you, the most exciting thing about playing in a digital festival?
A. Probably the fact that it’s digital, that it can be accessed from anywhere in the world and that the bands can take part from anywhere. Not only does that mean great exposure for us, but we get exposure to all these great bands we may not have found otherwise, and we can’t wait.